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There are four stages in getting a licence to drive a car in the ACT:

1. Pre-learner

Age: Before 15 yrs 9 mths

Before you are old enough to drive a vehicle you can learn to 'co-pilot' a car as a passenger with a parent or supervising driver. This enables you to become aware of the road environment and the complexity of driving.

2. Learner driver licence

Age: At least 15 yrs 9 mths

To get a learner licence you must successfully complete a Road Ready program in Year 10 at school or through a Road Ready Centre. You must then pass a computer based Road Rules Knowledge Test.

3. Learning to drive

Age: From 15 yrs 9 mths to 17 yrs

During the learner licence period of up to 2 years, you are encouraged to work together with professional driving instructors and parents/supervising drivers to ensure that you gain plenty of experience.

4. Provisional driver licence

Age: At least 17 yrs

There are two ways to get a provisional licence either by taking a practical driving test or by using the logbook scheme. You are on provisional licence for 3 years and must display "P" plates for this period, unless you complete the Road Ready Plus ( course you also get an additional 4 demerit points allowance if you do this course.

You'll find useful information on obtaining a driver licence in the ACT at the Access Canberra website.

For information about obtaining an ACT driver licence if you have an interstate or overseas licence look in the Your questions answered section of this site.

For information on how to get a motorcycle licence in the ACT visit the Stay Upright website
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